Hillside House 11th Annual Sunset Soiree

This year, “your mouth will water and your heart will sing” at the Hillside House 11th annual fundraising event, the Sunset Soirée. The upcoming event includes a myriad of delicious Mediterranean foods with French Wine Pairings, narrated by internationally renowned wine collector John Tilson. Come join us on June 14th at the famous and newly restored El Mirador Estate, for a silent auction, great food and wine tasting. Help enhance the lives of the residents that call Hillside House their home.

Hillside House was founded in the 1930s by movie mogul George Cukor in order to support his developmentally disabled niece. The house was originally located in Ojai, and was a Cerebral Palsy center dedicated to treating clients ranging from ages 2 to18. Today, Hillside House is a non-profit home for 59 adult residents with a range of developmental disabilities. The primary goal at Hillside House is to foster growth, awareness and self-sufficiency in its residents, allowing them to attain the highest level of independence as possible. The residents are provided with 24-hour nursing care and therapeutic programs helping to create rewarding lives for people with disabilities in the Santa Barbara community.

Hillside House depends on donations and sponsorships from the local community. The Sunset Soirée helps create awareness for Hillside House and understanding of the day-to-day challenges the residents face. We are fortunate and appreciative of consistent support of Lolita (Tita) Lanning, daughter of Lolita Armour, who has offered her estate, El Mirador, for the past 9 years as the event location.

Along with the unique setting, the event features a silent auction, ranging from a dinner at Olio e Limone to a week stay in Mazatlan, Mexico, with many restaurant, wine-related and recreation items as well. The event also features a personal and unique wine tasting experience. This year we welcome back for the second time John Tilson, founder and managing editor of The Underground Wineletter. Tilson has been collecting wines for over 40 years. For John Tilson, wine is a true passion. At this year’s Sunset Soirée, Tilson has hand selected French wines to pair with the Mediterranean cuisine. With his wine expertise, the guests will embark on a wine tasting journey of great distinction.

For additional information on the 11th Annual Sunset Soirée, visit You can view the fabulous silent auction items at At Hillside House, we strive to make each resident’s life as independent and meaningful as possible. Your donation can help our residents reach their goals and live a more meaningful life.


Melissa Bennett, Development Assistant
Hillside House
(805) 687-0788 ext. 109
FAX (805) 563-2867

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